Off The Field

Pakistan batsmen played for the team, Indians for themselves: Inzamam-ul-Haq

Written by Abhishek Patil

The Coronavirus pandemic has forced cricketers and other sportspersons to adapt to social media as a means of communication in these times of social distancing and home quarantine. While many cricketers of the current generation have already conducted many sessions on social media to interact with each other and fans, a few from the previous generation are also joining in. Two former Pakistan captains, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Ramiz Raja, spoke about various aspects from their playing days, including the time when they played against their Indian counterparts.

In a Youtube video, Ramiz and Inzamam discussed various aspects from Pakistan’s 1992 ICC World Cup triumph as well the rivalry with India. During the conversation, Inzamam took a sly dig at India when he claimed that the centuries Indian batsmen scored were for themselves, contrary to the Pakistani batsmen whose 30s and 40s came in the welfare of the team.

“When we played against India, their batting was more powerful than us on paper. But even our batsmen scored 30 or 40 runs, it was for the team, but for India, even if they scored 100 runs, they played for themselves. So, that was the difference between the two sides,” Inzamam said during the chat with Ramiz.

Speaking of an anecdote from the 1992 World Cup, Inzamam revealed how captain Imran Khan continued to put faith in him despite his patchy form. Inzi, who went on to captain the Pakistan team for a long time himself, claimed that it was Imran’s backing of the youngsters that made him a great captain.

“Imran (bhai) was not a very technical captain, but he knew how to get the most out of his players. He backed the young players, he backed the players he believed in and this made him a great captain,” Inzamam said.

“He would not drop any player if he failed in one series as he believed in giving the player a long rope and this the biggest reason why everyone in the side respected him so much,” he further added.

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